NatureWorks is taking an interesting new tack to develop the market for biopolymers. The company announced last month that it is selling Ingeo lactide intermediates for use in polymers.
“Our offer to supply polymer-grade lactides is a significant step forward in supporting the end market’s growing desire for products with authentic eco-credentials that meet or exceed performance expectations,” says Marc Verbruggen, president and chief executive officer of NatureWorks. “And, while we expect interest in our lactides primarily from specialty polymer producers, we welcome the opportunity to collaborate in partnerships where we can consider new and tailored grades that will meet the market needs of tomorrow.”
Lactide partners may also take advantage of a new Ingeo licensee package. Under select terms, NatureWorks will supply access to trademarks and application patents needed to support and enable the wider adoption of Ingeo biopolymers.
Previously, NatureWorks announced the doubling of Ingeo biopolymer supply availability, meeting its full nameplate capacity of 140,000 tons per year. NatureWorks plans to make 10,000 to 20,000 tons of its lactide product portfolio available annually through this new initiative.
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